For best results, manage heifers for weight gain

August 26, 2009 The successful management of replacement heifers is a critical component of a profitable cow-calf operation. The period between weaning and breeding is a very critical time in the life of a heifer. At weaning, heifers are typically 7 to 10 months old and weigh between 450 to 600 pounds each. In approximately five to six months, the heifer will be exposed to the bull or artificially inseminated. It is critical heifers experience puberty and exhibit estrous cycles prior to the beginning of the breeding season so they are bred in the first 21 days of the breeding season.

Columnist recommends growing bay trees

August 26, 2009 I am particularly fond of a tree with the Latin name of Laurus nobilis. You probably know it simply as the bay tree or even as sweet bay.Some people think it can only be grown in warm climates and don’t realize it can be grown as a houseplant. I know people in our area who have successfully grown bay trees outdoors, but they do so with careful consideration of its location. It will survive all but the coldest winters here if it is planted close to a house where the warmth from the walls provide the right climate for it.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, 77, dies after cancer battle

August 26, 2009 HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, served alongside 10 presidents — his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them — compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

Ozarka to offer GED test 

August 26, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 and 23 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Sept. 8 and 22;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Sept. 14 and 21;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Sept. 1 and 8;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Sept. 2 and 10.

Harmon benefit set

August 26, 2009 A benefit dinner and auction for Tim Harmon and family will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the West Elementary school cafeteria at 850 Hill St. in Batesville. Proceeds will help with medical expenses incurred since Harmon’s diagnosis of aggressive colon cancer. Smoked pork sandwich plates will be sold for $6 and a silent auction will be from 5 to 7. A pie and cake auction is set to begin at 7:30.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

August 26, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Tuesday at Batesville Country Club for lunch and a meeting.Noreen Trentini, queen mother, called the meeting to order. Bonnie Kimmer’s granddaughter, Hannah, was a guest. Linda Campbell of Evening Shade was introduced as a new member. Linda Spurlock will also be added to the roster as a new member.Those celebrating birthdays this month were Barbara Kimble, Eleanor Lupien, Virginia Moser, Ionice Pierce and Betty Simmons.Membership dues were paid.

Old Powhatan to get checked for ‘hauntings’

August 26, 2009 POWHATAN — Spirit Seekers of Arkansas, a paranormal investigation team based in Little Rock, will visit the old courthouse in Powhatan Historic State Park on Saturday to investigate claims of a haunting, park interpreter Kristyn Watts said.“At 7 p.m., a presentation of pictures and stories will be presented by Alan Lowe, the director of Investigations and Co. and founder of SPIRIT Seekers, with demonstrations afterwards. This event is free to the public.

Man with ties to county arrested after shooting dog

August 26, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME ­— On Tuesday, at approximately 3 p.m., deputies from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance on Bonnie Lassie Lane, in the city of Briarcliff, that involved a man with ties to Independence County.

Tuckerman man dies in crash

August 26, 2009 NEWPORT — A 51-year-old Tuckerman man died in a two-vehicle crash about 3:05 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 67 north of Newport, according to Arkansas State Trooper Doug Cash.Tommy Wayne Emory was driving a 2000 Buick north on Highway 67 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1999 Kenworth truck, Cash said.Emory was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County coroner.

Volunteens wrap up summer at WRMC

August 26, 2009 Nineteen teenage volunteers participated in the White River Medical Center Auxiliary-sponsored Volunteen program contributing 1,090 volunteer hours at the hospital this summer. The goal of the program is to expose young adults to health careers and to promote the philosophy of volunteerism, officials said.